In celebration of National Community Action Month, the Community Action Partnership will host a Poverty Rally for Truth on Monday, May 24, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the agency’s new parking lot just north of its office at 719 S. Main St. in Dayton.
The rally is in conjunction with the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign and the “March to Fulfill the Dream.” The march—highlighting neglected issues of poverty in the U.S.—began in New Orleans on April 4 and will stop in Dayton on the way to its final destination in Detroit in June.
“The march and our rally are an effort to bring a real face to poverty and to ultimately end it,” said Tim Donnellan, President & CEO of the Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area. “As an anti-poverty agency, it’s only fitting that we provide a platform for the walkers and their advocates throughout the community to come together. We invite low-income persons, community partners, elected officials, businesses and everyone else to join us.”
According to the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign web site, “We are demanding that our government prioritize life over death by allocating some of the tremendous resources at its disposal to provide for the vital human needs of health care and housing. Many countries around the world already offer these human rights to their citizens, but the U.S. system reflects a different set of values.”
Other activities planned for the rally include testimonials from the marchers and local individuals affected by poverty, information tables, a live radio broadcast and food.
The event is free and open to the public. Visit www.cap-dayton.org for more information on Community Action Partnership. Visit www.economichumanrights.org for more information on the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign.